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2005 Epicuro Aglianico Beneventano

I picked up this wine @ TJ's and was scratching my head again. What the heck is this varietal? But hey for $4.99 each, I decided to give it a whirl. Wines produced from Aglianico tend to be full bodied, firm tannins and high acidity Which could mean this wine has aging potential. In my opinion this wines rich flavors means it will be a nice accompaniment to many Italian food dishes without over powering.
On first blush I thought it was a Grenache, but upon searching the website, I found out it is actually made from Aglianico, a rarely grown varietal which originated in Greece. It had all the classic aromas of bright cherries and smoke, framed by subtle spice box similar to a Grenache. The mouth feel of this wine is pleasantly fruity and light. Just a hint of oak. For the price you just can't beat it as an everyday wine. I gave this wine 84 Pt's. Cheers~Enjoy!

"Clos Pegase" 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine I drank just last night comes from the Cabernet Sauvignon Class 2004 Napa, many of the 04's are very good. I've tasted many 04 Cab's from Napa and my conclusion is, this was a very "good year" in Napa for Cab...

That said, last night I tasted for the first time a wine a friend @MS recommended. She was high on the PN, but in seeing the Cab @ Costco @ 30% off the single bottle price through the winery I purchased one. Personally I like to let the bottle relax in my cellar (a big wine fridge) before I drink it, to minimize what I call "bottle shock". I typically tend to drink wine with dinner, and so I decided to pair this Bordeaux styled wine with a fat Porter House, which had been marinating all day, damn fine! Now about this wine, which on the initial taste offers fruitiness (very subtle) and accessibility at an early age. Because they use the old technique of extended maceration, which creates softer tannins. Indeed this wine was as smooth as …

2008 California State Fair "Best Pinot Noir" Gold, 95 Points???

My wife and I and some other friends got together the other day for semi-regular wine pairing dinners and one of guest brought this little gem, with its accolades completely unbeknownst to us. This was the first bottle opened and we decanted it for about a 1/2 hour. It was very pale in color, almost like a rosé, with just a hint of cinnamon and light cherry flavors rolling over the palate.

The finish was thin, but it was fruit forward and while we thought this a pretty tasty juice for the price, we could not elevate this wine to this level of sophistication and quality, which 95 points would bring. See the chart below and you'll get a better idea of what I am saying. I'd give it at the most 87 points.

Over 3,000 California wines and 600 wineries were in the running, and this gem from Mendocino took the coveted top prize for the red wine category. Castle Rock 2006 Mendocino County PinotNoir, Reg $9.99 2008 California State Fair "Best PinotNoir" and received the "…

"Strange Decanters of the Weird Kind"

Many folks will agree to disagree over whether or not decanters can improve the taste of wine. While decantings value is controversial amongst some wine expertshowever debating the aesthetic value of presenting wine in an elegantly designed vessel is another story all together.

While I will see it as a point of amusment others will see these decanters as the intersection of where form meets function. Check out these decanters, I am sure you'll be rushing out to get one for yourself. It looks as though the decanter has legs, and could run off any time. Hey come back with my wine!
Some are mean't to look like the roots of the grape vine and still others your hearts circulatory system. I am sure they would make and excellent conversation piece. They can be found at Affordable Modern Furniture

Testarossa Wine Dinner

At the invitation of Diana Jensen of Testarossa Vineyards, my wife and I and another couple headed to Thee Bungalow, for the Testarossa Wine Dinner back on June 18th. We all had a great time and Diana Jensen proved herself again a wonderful host. Thanks!

If you ever wondered if hobbies can turn into a new line of work, well check this abbreviated story about a hobby that got out of control. In a snapshot about Testarossa Vineyards. It all began with the husband and wife team of Rob and Diana Jensen in their garage. Since then the vineyard has grown from a production of 25 cases to the 16,000 cases it now produces at the Novitiate Winery, the Bay Area's oldest continuing winery. If in the area I highly recommend a visit. There wines are consistently of good quality and I heartily recommend them to you.

Back to the dinner, this was my first time at the Thee Bungalow, and I'm not sure how I've not run across this little gem before. We were warmly greeted upon our arrival and g…

2005 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon wine review

2005 Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine sells for about $20.00
I'm not really sure if this is an unusual pairing or this wine is a superior food friendly wine. Either way I cannot speak more highly of this wine, which paired ever so nicely with the Island Girl Ribs. My wife and I brought dinner to a friend who had a bicycle accident (and is on the mend with a separated shoulder) and she had this marvelous bottle of wine open and waiting as we walked in. The wine had beautiful extraction, deep hues of blueberry and crimson at the edges. The bouquet spoke eloquently of the coming attraction. This wine rolled over by palate with a sea of long lasting flavors. See the wine makers notes below, which aptly describe this wines flavor profile.

Back to the dinner: Okay, yes I was the cook and I thought wow this is good. I will throw out my recipe and you can decide for yourself. Here is the menu:

-Island Girl Pork Ribs

-Fried rice, and sautéed Vermicelli

-Spinach Salad, bacon, eggs, grap…

This Justin 2005 Isosceles Reviews

I reviewed this wine way back in March 2008. Ha! See! These were my thoughts (see below) and impressions far before any of these accolades were laid upon this wine. Just goes to show even someone with an "un-trained" palate can be discerning, without all the fancy pedigrees normally associated with the tasting and scoring community! Opps, but what do I know I am not a professional. I am just a guy who knows a great bottle of wine when he drinks one. If you've missed my previous review about this wine here is a snippet! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- NY Strip Loin Short Rib Hash Red Wine Demi Glace2005 Justin 'Isosceles' Red Wine (orginally posted 04/07/08)

I really not a fan of Bordeaux stylistic wines per se, but this wine was quite good and I gave it 87 pt's . The legs on this muscular wine were amazing and spoke to my palate most eloquently, with cassis, cherry , and boysenberry.. which paired excellently with th…

Oh, what to pair, what to pair??

Okay, so if your like me and your wondering what wine should I serve at my next BBQ. Summer time is hot and and you don't want to cook in the house, so I head for the BBQ grill.

Maybe your thinking geez I just have a few beers instead or drink a rosé Personally for me, when I want something which compliments my meal, I am thinking of what is ready to uncork in the cellar and if it is for grilled, smoky foods, I think big, bold, and drinkable! But I just may quaff down a few glasses of chilled Rosé while I am cooking.

What kind of wines should they be? Most likely you're going to be on the lookout for big wines; full bodied (nice tight legs) and fruit-forward. Maybe on the order of something like a bold assertive wine with attributes of spice and pepper, preferably with a smooth velvety mouth feel to them. Wines for BBQ should support the succulence of the meat and not be overwhelmed by the sweetness of the sauce.

So, if you’re looking for the good wine to complement that juicy st…

The Wine Snob Scandal

I just stumbled on this article and I could not believe what I was reading, but apparently it is true. Are ya ready for this? A lot of what wine connoisseurs say about wine is humbug!(Pretentious or silly talk or writing) I thought for sure they could tell the difference between a Cabernet and a Chardonnay. 

Just a little dye in the glass is enough to fool their palate, I would never have thought it possible? But there it is in this doctoral dissertation, which ran the tests on three different methods with the same wines and yet the same results and conclusion which is,"Drinkers have long suspected it, but now French researchers have finally proved it," burbled the London Times' Adam Sage from Paris; "wine 'experts' know no more than the rest of us." Check out the article in the Seattle Weekly and here is link to read the sad and disappointing news. Cheers everyone!Do Wine Experts really know more us?  Looks lieBad case of Craniuminrectum! ;-)

Alsace Uncorked: Schoffit Chasselas, Vieille Vignes

 "It is only the souls that do not love that go empty in this world." Robert Hugh Benson
Ever pick up a bottle of French wine and wonder what varietal it is? This was the case for me when I picked a bottle of Schoffit, Chassselas, and Vieilles Vignes 2005. Being quite comfortable with the producer Schoffit.

I decided to give this bottle a-go. I really did not know what to expect of this varietal. Since I've drank much of their Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, so I was at the very least confident, I would not be disappointed.

Chasselas, my first go around with this grape. I readily admit I had to Google the name of this varietal. But in the course of my research, I knew that the chosen pairing should work-out just fine. According to article I found, the Chasselas grape can produce serious stunning wines, although it is often sold as a mere table grape. 

But this was no ordinary table grape it was Vielles Vignes (btw, I had to look up this French phrase), which means old vines. …

Cult Watch!

Cult Watch!
I not sure how many of you are into cult wines? But there is a new list out and I am not sure if you have seen it, but I thought it may be fun to discuss here. For my part I guess I've slipped a couple of so called "cult wines" into my cellar. I purchase Sea Smoke and Kosta Browne each year, but I don't really consider them a cult wine. But if you want to buy them at a reasonable price you have to be on a waiting list, and then wait and wait and then finally you are given an allocation. This has become true for many wines who through the scoreing system of certain publications have risen to cult status. So I wanted to post theTop 10to be on the lookout for and get your reactions. I would interested to know if any of you purchase these wines, have them in your cellars waiting for the right day or you don't why those who made the lists are there in the first place. So check it out and get back to me. Thanks!

These 10 wineries all have dedicated followings…

Wine drinking improves liver health!

Daily Wine Drinking Improves Liver Health

I knew it, I knew it! Science has finally come to our rescue and has validated my daily wine consumption! Seriously, folks good news from San Diego of all places! According to an article in Wine Spectator online, "San Diego researchers find that a glass a day protects against liver disease" they go on to say in the article that wine drinkers specifically have and I quote here,
"When the UC San Diego researchers then compared the different beverage drinkers to each other, they found that beer and spirits drinkers were four times more likely to develop the disease when compared to wine drinkers" We rock!
So in other words, put down those damn Martinis and put away that case of Bud! Wine is the way to go! Wine drinkers have a better chance of beating liver disease than those who drink other types of adult beverages! So wine is good for your heart and now your liver! How can you lose? I mean really? Okay here is the link to WS ar…